China: Online visa application
10/04/2019 12:05

Hello, 

in future a Chinese visa application will be made through the Chinese Visa Application Service Center portal: https://www.visaforchina.org. The completed visa application will be signed by the traveler and submitted as before with all documents to the Chinese Konsular Provider.

By the beginning of May 2019, there will be a transitional period in which visa applications will be accepted without entry into the China Konsular Provider's portal.

With the German Visa and Consular Society, you can continue to apply for your visa application in the usual way. They use all the advantages of the electronic creation of the visa application, as well as the storage of the visa-relevant information in privacy-protected environment. Take advantage of the many advantages of the German Visa and Consular Society, such as the automatic choice of the correct place of delivery, the visa expiration reminder service and the digital passport photo service.

During the transitional period, we will maintain the current process. We will inform you about the change at an early stage.

Your DVKG team

Russia Frankfurt: Limited Express Service
09/04/2019 12:05

Hello,

the Russian Consulate informs: in the period from April 26 to May 10, 2019, no express processing will be carried out. With a telex or official invitation is a sameday processing in the days from April 26 to April 30 and 06./07. May possible. Please take this into account when planning your travel.

Your DVKG team

The mess around the A1 certificate - necessary or not?
02/04/2019 12:06

Hello, 

applying for and holding A1 certificates is a laborious process for HR departments, travelers and the authorities. Affected and associations have auditioned at the EU and achieved that there is an agreement between the EU Parliament, the EU leaders and the European Commission, that the effort should be reduced.

This has led to headlines that give the impression that an A1 certification is no longer necessary.

It is not so. The agreement is a declaration of intent and a mandate to seek another way of documenting social security status for missions within the EU / EFTA States. Details are not yet known. This does not affect the obligation to document social security status when traveling to third countries with which Germany has concluded a social security agreement.

Your DVKG Team

A1 certificate: Note for third countries with social security agreements
02/04/2019 12:05

Hello,

The social security agreement regulates which social security law applies in the case of a posting / business trip. Such agreements are of practical relevance in the case of unforeseeable events such as illness and accident. In particular, the agreement provides for the provision of the posted / official traveler in the event of illness or after an occupational accident.

The applicable social security law is evidenced by the A 1 certificate.

The following overview provides an overview of the states with which the Germany has concluded social security agreements and lists the periods during which the German legislation continues to apply to employees in the context of foreign assignment:

State in which posting is exercised Period of continuance
German legislation
EU/EWR-States* 24 Months
Albania 24 Months
Australia 48 Months
Bosnia Herzegovina no fixed time limit
Brazil 24 Months
Chile 36 Months
China 48 Months
India 48 Months
Israel no fixed time limit
Japan no fixed time limit
Canada / Quebec 60 Months
Korea (South) 24 Months
Kosovo no fixed time limit
Morocco 36 Months
Macedonia 24 Months
Montenegro no fixed time limit
Philippines no fixed time limit
Moldavia no fixed time limit
Serbia no fixed time limit
Turkey no fixed time limit
Tunisia 12 Months
Uruguay 24 Months
United States 60 Months
* Belgien, Bulgarien, Estland, Dänemark, Finnland, Frankreich,
Griechenland, Großbritannien, Irland, Italien, Kroatien, Lettland,
Litauen, Luxemburg, Malta, Niederlande, Österreich, Polen,
Portugal, Rumänien, Schweden, Slowakei, Slowenien, Spanien,
Tschechien, Ungarn, Zypern; auch in den EWR-Staaten Island,
Liechtenstein und Norwegen valid since July 1, 2012 one
Posting period of 24 months.

 

The DVKG supports you in the application process of the A1 certificate. For further questions and suggestions please contact the Konsular consultants.

Your DVKG Team

Democratic Congo: Waiver of the consular provider fee
28/03/2019 08:05

Hello ,

for future visas for Democratic Congo the consular provider fee is waived. Your visa documents are submitted by the DVKG directly in the consulate in Berlin.

Your DVKG Team